Why Stockpile? To save money! If you stockpile your groceries by strategically using coupons, you will never pay full price or retail for your groceries. If you stockpile successfully you will save hundreds every month = thousands a year!
When do I stockpile? Stockpiling is a strategic game. The objective is to match grocery sale prices to your coupons to take advantage of when your groceries are at the very lowest price or what we call rock bottom. This is when you stockpile.
How do I stockpile? You compare the coupon policies at the stores you have available to you as well as any incentives they offer you to shop there. Finally match your coupons to the sales ads and purchase when you find a deal that is at rock bottom. Stockpile when the price is free or close to free (70% off). You purchase in a quantity to last your family until the item can be purchased again at rock bottom. This is tricky because some products like cereal cycle every six weeks however some products like baking goods or BBQ sauce only cycles at rock bottom once a year.
In order to successfully stockpile you are going to need to purchase or obtain multiple papers or purchase your coupons/inserts from a clipping service. You need to stockpile the quantity necessary to last your family until the next cycle. Once you are shopping from your stockpile weekly instead of from the grocery store, this is when you are going to see the savings! It takes on average 3 months to build a stockpile. Normally the first month you will see an increase in spending and by the end 2nd and 3rd you will begin to see a savings. By your 4th month you should be saving hundreds of dollars a month!
Most people make a list of the groceries they need and head to the store. What you have just done is make a list of everything that is not on sale at the store. We need to step back and realize that groceries go on sale. They all have a “rock bottom low price”, and we want to focus on only buying groceries when they are at that rock bottom price. Don’t worry it’s pretty easy, in most areas they follow a cycle roughly 6 weeks long. That means if we see a rock bottom price this week then buy enough of that item to last 6 weeks. That way you don’t have to go back and pay the full retail price in between.
What to Do When Building a Stockpile
- Check your weekly store flyers.
- Browse internet coupon forums.
- Collect and organize coupons.
- Match coupons to store sales.
- Take advantage of product rebate offers.
- Stay on target with what you own, need and will use and buy accordingly.
- Use what you have stockpiled.
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Build, Don’t Buy, Your Stockpile
The first golden rule to saving on groceries through stockpiling is that over time, you will want to fill your pantry with items purchased at a good price that you and your family will use. Useful stockpiles are built gradually, using coupon strategies that will maximize your savings.
Decide on a Stockpile Budget
Stockpiling is meant to save people money by purchasing multiple amounts of products at low prices.
For most people, stockpiling does not substitute for the weekly trips to the grocery store, at least not at the beginning. It is essential for those who are new to stockpiling to decide on how much they can afford out of their weekly budget to spend on stockpiling – then stick to it. That means walking away from some super deals at times.
Remember, there will always be more super (and sometimes better!) deals out there and if you spend your entire grocery budget on toilet paper, what will you eat? Making a conservative and reasonable stockpiling budget and then sticking to it will keep you in the game. Getting in debt could defeat the benefits of using stockpiling as a strategy for saving money.
Coupons are everywhere and the more you collect, the more you will find.
Organize Your Coupons
There are many ways to keep coupons organized. Some people use shoe boxes. Others use big notebooks. No matter what system is used to organize coupons, having them organized is an essential step to building a stockpile.
Let’s Start Building a Stockpile
Ready to do a little math? Here are a few examples of the first steps in building a stockpile, but without breaking your budget: Sally has budgeted $20.00 a week for purchasing items to build her stockpile.
- Sally has collected 10 coupons for $2.00 off one Wisk Laundry Detergent (any kind, any size).
- She has browsed her favorite coupon forum and learned that Target has the same detergent on sale for $2.00 off for the 32 load size. It is regularly $4.99, now priced at $2.99.
- If she bought 10 at regular price, it would cost her $49.90.
- Sally buys 10 and uses her coupons and pays $.99 for each one, a total of $9.90 for all 10.
- She puts the purchase onto her Target card and receives an additional 5% off.
- Total price: $9.41 ($2.99 x 10 = $29.90 – $20.00 in coupons = $9.90 – 5% = $9.41)
Total savings: $40.49
- Sally discovered that Kroger has the Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts on sale for $1.60 per package (regularly priced $1.90)
- She also found a rebate for a $2.00 coupon when you buy 10. If she buys 10 at regular price, it would cost her $19.00.
- But she has 10 coupons for the Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts for $.75 off.
- She buys 10 of the packages using her coupons.
- Total price: $8.50 ($19.00 – $16.00 = $3.00 in savings by getting it on sale; $1.60 x 10 = $16.00 — $7.50 in coupons = $8.50)
Total savings: $10.50, plus later she will receive a rebate for a $2.00 dollar coupon.
Sally has spent $17.91 out of her $20.00 stockpile budget for the week, leaving her with a balance of $2.09 which will go into her stockpile budget for the following week.
For under $20.00, she now has stockpiled laundry detergent and snacks for the kids and has a few dollars left over. By using the examples above you can see how easy it is to begin building your stockpile.
Know When to Stop
Many hardcore stockpilers will admit that they sometimes find it difficult to stop stockpiling things they do not need or even want. They simply cannot pass up a good deal. Admittedly, stockpiling can become addicting, but sticking to a strict budget will keep things under control. Stockpiling just for the sake of stockpiling is a waste of money, energy, space and time.
You can check out our Food Stockpiling Coupon Price List for an idea of what you should be paying for items on your stockpile list.